7 Fall Maintenance Tips for Minnesota Homeowners
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7 Fall Maintenance Tips for Minnesota Homeowners

Fall brings with it consistent change. Days begin to get shorter, leaves start to fall, the weather changes constantly and begins to cool. Winter is right around the corner, and we all know the harsh cold will stick around longer than it is welcome.

Fall is the best time to prepare your home’s exterior before winter hits. Since the season is right around the corner, you should be thinking of the checklist to follow, but where do you start?

Here are seven tips for fall exterior maintenance in Minnesota!

1. Rake Leaves

The fall of colorful leaves is a beautiful sight in the fall, but if left unkempt, it will affect your lawn’s growth negatively in the spring.

2. Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters is most prudent in the fall, as most debris falls in this season. Once most of the leaves around your property have fallen, cleaning out your gutters will allow cold autumn rain to divert away from your property.

Additionally, clean gutters help prevent ice dams in the winter. You can prevent most kinds of debris from getting in your gutters by installing gutter guards as well.

3. Turn off Exterior Faucets

Once your garden has produced its last bit of food, or if your flowers begin their eternal winter sleep, you need to turn off the water for the garden hose.

The potentially disastrous result of leaving the water connected outside can cause the plumbing in your home to freeze and burst, which can be costly to repair.

4. Make Repairs on Exterior Before Winter

One thing you should do to begin your fall exterior maintenance is to inspect the whole exterior of your home. Check to see if any siding or roofing requires repair or replacement. Doing so will assure none of the outside elements will get to your interior during the winter.

5. Make Your Home Airtight

Insulation plays a huge role in your exterior, keeping all of the cold fall and winter air from disrupting the balance in your home. Taking out A/C window units, applying weather stripping to any doors that may leak air, and insulating your windows will help your home’s exterior keep the inside of your home warm.

6. Check Walkway Safety

Inspecting your sidewalks, stairs, and railings on the exterior of your home is an ideal safety measure for the upcoming winter.

7. Critter Prevention

The cold weather outside might bring with it some unwanted guests. Sealing any cracks or holes around your home will help prevent mice and other pests from staying rent-free.

Contact Apple Exteriors for Home Exterior Maintenance & Repair

If any part of your exterior needs maintenance, repair, or replacement before the winter months, call on Apple Exteriors! We’re a GAF Master Elite certified contractor and family owned and operated business that loves to serve families like yours.

Schedule a free inspection online or give us a call at 612-362-7753 today!

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